Thursday, April 26, 2018

Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR

The Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR (W297) is a sports car and race car that was built by Mercedes-AMG, performance and motorsports arm of Mercedes-Benz. Intended for racing in the new FIA GT Championship series in 1997, the CLK GTR was designed primarily as a race car, with the road cars made in order to meet homologation requirments. The limited production road-going cars are considered racing cars for the road. After competing successfully in 1997, the race car was upgraded in 1998 for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and renamed the CLK LM. The project would end in 1999.
Only 25 were built, with five of those units being roadsters. A 6.9-liter V-12 that churns out over 600 hp is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. Its carbon fiber chassis, intricate suspension set up, and carbon-fiber disc brakes still impress today as much as they did in the mid-1990s.
Today the CLK GTR is highly collectible and good examples easily command in excess of $ 2m.